Program Requirements



Trainees must be registered as full-time graduate students for all quarters they are supported by the Cell and Molecular Biology Training Grant. For Autumn, Winter and Spring Quarters, full-time registration is at least 10 credits. During Summer Quarter 2 credits is considered full-time status for graduate students on training grants. Trainees are asked to limit their registration in Summer to 2 credits if their program permits.

Course Requirements

Each trainee is required to complete 4 modules of the Conjoint series, with 6 modules strongly recommended. If the course requirements have not been met prior to starting on the training grant, the trainee must fulfill this requirement in the first year on the training grant.

Effective 7/1/08 there is a new course requirement for all new and continuing, competitive and floor position trainees. NIH has instituted this course requirement in quantitative analysis as a condition for approving the five-year renewal of the CMB TG. This requirement is best met by registering for John Aitchison's Introduction to Systems Biology and Quantitative Approaches to Biomedical Sciences, Conj. 526. (PBio/NeuBeh 545 and Genome 599 are also acceptable courses for the CMB TG requirement.)

If a trainee has a single year appointment (or a competitive appointment ending 6/30/09), he/she should take this course during the 2008-09 academic year. If the appointment is of longer duration, he/she can register for Conj 526 (or an acceptable substitute) later in her appointment term. The annual evaluation requires an indication of when this conjoint has been or will be taken.

Finally, the CMB TG Director will waive the requirement if the trainee has already taken a substantive statistics course as a graduate or an undergraduate (e.g., PBio/Neubeh 545 or Genome 560). The trainee should apply directly to Dr. Scott for the waiver, details to include course title, description of content or a syllabus, and date the course was taken.

Monthly Trainee Meetings Requirement

Trainees must attend the monthly meetings for students funded by the NIH's Training in Molecular and Cellular Biology Training Grant. Participation of trainees is required as a condition of support by the Cell and Molecular Biology Training Grant. Meetings will be held once per month from October to May, at a time of the students' choosing. Meeting times and dates will be coordinated through the email system. Two students from the second and third year trainee groups will present at each meeting.

Annual Retreat Requirement

During the Spring Quarter (April or May) a one-day retreat is held for trainees, advisors, and other faculty and students interested in the program. In a relaxed setting, trainees have the opportunity to present their research, and learn about the work of other students. Students in their final year of support give talks on their research; other students give poster presentations. All students submit abstracts of their research projects for the printed program. Participation of trainees and advisors is required as a condition of support by the Cellular and Molecular Biology Training Grant.

Biomedical Integrity Lecture Series Requirement

Each summer the School of Medicine sponsors the Biomedical Integrity Lecture Series. Videotapes of the lecture series are available at the Health Sciences Library if a lecture is missed. Trainees are required to attend five lectures and three small group discussions. Lectures and discussion groups attended before the appointment on the TG count towards this requirement. Students should make a note of the lectures they attend, as they will need to include the dates in their yearly progress report.

Publication Requirement

It is important that trainees acknowledge support received from the training grant when they publish a manuscript on research begun or completed during their appointment. Acknowledgements should be listed as follows:

"(This investigation or your name/initials) was supported in part by Public Health Service, National Research Service Award, T32GM007270, from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences."

Or abbreviate:

"(This investigation or your name/initials) was supported in part by PHS NRSA T32GM007270 from NIGMS."

Please email citations of all publications (including abstracts, book chapters, and journal articles) to the MCB Office. Do not email references in progress; wait until publication.

New NIH Publication Law (4/7/08)

As of April 7, 2008, the NIH requires that all journal articles also be submitted to the digital archive PubMed Central.   Upon acceptance for publication, all articles that emerge in whole or in part from NIH funding must be submitted to PubMed Central by April 7, 2008 if NIH pays your salary.  (For CMB TG trainees, this is always the case.)  All peer-reviewed journal articles, research reports and reviews are covered by the policy.

Many journals will automatically submit your article to PubMed Central for you.  A list of journals that will automatically submit your work is provided at (this list may be incomplete).  If your journal will submit for you, no further action is needed on your part.  However, the UW recommends that you confirm that the article has been submitted by the journal.

If you are NOT submitting to a journal that will automatically submit for you, you will need to submit it yourself using the NIH manuscript submission system.

Every time we submit a renewal we will ask you for any publications.  We will need from you either the ID from the NIHMS system or the PubMed Central ID along with the usual information (author list, title, etc.)


Continued support by the Cell and Molecular Biology Training Grant is contingent upon maintaining progress considered satisfactory for trainees. During Spring Quarter each year, trainees will submit a report describing their progress, and a faculty committee with a representative from each participating department will evaluate each trainee's academic and research progress. The trainee and advisor will be notified of the committee's recommendations and will have the opportunity to discuss any concerns with the Evaluation Committee members.